Missouri Votes

Yesterday Missouri went to the polls, and yesterday was hot. In my part of the state the temperature was 99 at its peak and stayed over 90 until after sundown. And nearly a million people went out into the heat to vote.

Proposition C (the Missouri Health Care Freedom Act) was up for a vote, and more people voted on the referendum than on the candidates. Prop C passed with a 71% majority. The federal government will almost certainly sue Missouri for passing a law written in contradiction to ObamaCare, and pundits and politicians are already arguing the significance of what happened. In coming days we’ll learn the full meaning of yesterday’s vote.

2 thoughts on “Missouri Votes

  1. Wow! The weather down there is as warm as up here!
    I’d wondered what had happened to that Missouri Health Care Freedom Act. I’d heard about it a while ago and then never heard what became of it.
    Question: Can the federal government really sue a state for contradictory legislation?

  2. The federal government (specifically the Department of Justice) can challenge state laws in court. It works the other way, too: States can bring lawsuits against federal laws.

    At the moment, twenty-one states – Virginia, most notably – have suits filed against the mandates of the new health care law. Meanwhile, the Justice Department is suing Arizona over its immigration law.

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